• Prep Time
    20 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    20 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 12
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    Strawberry-Layered Tres Leches Cake

    This Strawberry-Layered Tres Leches Cake recipe combines fresas con crema and tres leches served in a very photogenic outfit. The traditional tres leches cake is served in a foil baking dish, which is not very appealing to the eye. 

    This presentation takes its cue from the numerous Pinterest photos of tres leches cakes dressed up in edible flowers. The lesson: Don’t limit yourself to traditional presentations and ingredients.

    photo: (c) Coral Von Zumwalt


    Ingredients
    2
    cups
    all-purpose flour
    2
    tablespoons
    baking powder
    6
    large eggs, separated
    1 1/2
    cups
    granulated sugar
    1
    tablespoon
    pure vanilla extract
    1 1/2
    cups
    whole milk
    1
    14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
    1
    12-ounce can evaporated milk
    2
    cups
    heavy cream
    2
    cups
    strawberries, sliced
    *
    edible flowers, for decorating
    Directions
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 9-inch round cake pans with non- stick cooking spray.
    In bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Set dry ingredients aside.
    In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whisk egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form, 5 to 6 minutes. With mixer running slowly, add 1 cup of sugar and mix until combined. Add egg yolks, one by one, beating well after each addition.
    Add vanilla and mix well to incorporate. Add ½ cup whole milk, alternating with flour mixture in three additions, starting with milk and ending with flour, blending well after each addition.
    Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans and bake until golden and cake tester inserted into middle comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to wire rack, and let cool in pan 20 minutes. Run knife around edge and invert cake layers onto wire rack. Let cool completely.
    Meanwhile, combine remaining 1 cup whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk in blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
    Combine heavy cream and remaining ½ cup sugar in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat cream until soft peaks form. Set aside.
    Once cake is completely cooled, using serrated knife, cut small portion from top of each cake to completely flatten it. (Save trimmings for another use.) Using a fork, poke top of both cake halves all over. Place first cake layer on platter and slowly pour half of milk mixture on top, making sure it gets completely absorbed. Spread 1 cup whipped cream on top, then top with sliced strawberries.
    Top with second cake layer and pour remaining milk mixture on top, making sure it gets absorbed. Spread remaining whipped cream over top and around sides, pushing spatula in forward motion to remove any excess whipped cream. (Make sure you don’t cover the cake completely, because you want to see some cake behind the cream.) Refrigerate overnight before serving.
    Decorate cake with edible flowers, if desired.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 12
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